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Our leadership

Meet our Executive Team and Board of Directors.

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Grant Radford

CEO & Managing Director of Box Hill Institute

Grant Radford started as CEO and Managing Director at Box Hill Institute (BHI) in June 2022, and brings with him 14 years of people-focused leadership experience across the TAFE sector.

Mr Radford has spent more than 25 years in the public sector including executive and management roles at the Department of Defence, Department of Education, and the Department of Treasury and Finance. His experience in the vocational education sector includes appointments at Chisholm Institute as Chief Operating Officer and as the CEO of TAFE Gippsland for four years.

Mr Radford is a passionate believer in the transformative power of secondary, vocational and higher education; particularly the role organisations like BHI play in enriching the life and career prospects of learners and building closer ties with industry and the communities we serve.

Grant holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Deakin University), is a Certified Practicing Accountant (CPA) and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Aggie Kost

Executive Director, People and Culture

Aggie brings with her over 15 years' global experience working in Australian ASX 100 and iconic international companies.  Her extensive experience has been honed in vibrant leadership roles, leading and inspiring teams, and expertly coaching HR, business and leaders through periods of significant change.

Aggie has worked across a range of industries including Engineering, Defence, Telecommunications, Manufacturing, Retail, Workforce Career Management and Banking, in companies that include Thales Australia, Coles Myer, Ericsson, Audrey Page & Associates and Commonwealth Bank.

Aggie is also a registered Psychologist and an accredited Executive Coach.

As an advocate for inspirational and positive leadership at all levels, Aggie believes that people and culture is what makes organisations successful. She is deeply passionate about creating high performing, diverse and inclusive teams, and improving organisation capability through strong, supportive leadership.

As the Executive Director People and Culture, Aggie will lead the Valuing Our People Strategic Theme ensuring that we continue to build an engaged, capable and safe workforce.

Jane Trewin

Executive Director, Educational Delivery

Jane is responsible for the delivery and positioning of our core teaching and learning programs to meet the evolving needs of students, community and industries. She provides leadership and guidance to the Faculty Deans and the Coordinator of Campus Operations.

Jane has over 20 years’ experience in teaching and management for the vocational sector. She has driven the development and delivery of innovative, flexible, customer-focused and customised education and training programs across a range of industries and disciplines.

An award-winning teacher and business owner, Jane was inducted into the Hall of Fame for Hairdressing for her contribution to the industry.

Matt Graver

Chief Financial Officer

As Box Hill Institute’s Chief Financial Officer, Matt strategically leads the organisation’s financial agenda and its critical finance and procurement functions. Providing strategic and operational advice as part of the Executive Leadership Team, Matt’s expertise ensures BHI continues to have the capacity to deliver first class educational and training services for students, staff and partner organisations in a sustainable way.

Before assuming his current role, Matt led BHI’s financial services for five years with a focus on advancing our business development, commercial and educational services in a complex regulatory environment. Having founded a small-to-medium enterprise (SME) and with a strong background in audit, his entrepreneurial approach has also added significant value to previous senior finance roles in the health, education, central agencies and local government sectors.

Matt is passionate about BHI’s fiscal sustainability. He is a Chartered Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Business and a Bachelor of Laws.

Hemant Kokularupan

Executive Director Student Experience

Hemant joined Box Hill Institute in September 2022 leading a portfolio focused on the non-academic student experience which aims to deliver a holistic, outstanding and distinctive student experience.

Hemant holds a Bachelor of Business and Commerce (Honours) from Monash University and for over 15 years, has held a variety of management and executive roles across TAFE’s, Universities and dual-sector institutions. These include leading portfolios in customer experience, domestic and international marketing and recruitment, stakeholder engagement, student services and other administrative functions.

Stimulated by complex challenges, Hemant has engaged with stakeholders from across the globe, bringing creative expertise in conceptualizing a diverse range of strategies enabling education providers to deliver impactful outcomes.

Hemant genuinely believes that education changes lives and is passionate about ensuring it remains accessible, student-centric and an exciting adventure.

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Tracey Cooper

Chairperson

Tracey is a Trustee and Chair of the States Sports Centre, a Director of Rome2Rio, CEO of Dokio and a Board Member and Chair of the Southern Metropolitan Partnership. She has been a full time company director since 2007 and held various government and private directorships.

Prior to this Tracey was the Managing Director-Asia Pacific of Alexander Mann Solutions a human resources outsourcing business. Her executive career spanned roles in Professional Services and Information Technology and focused on the banking, government, retail, and technology sectors.

Her functional expertise is in the areas of strategic planning, financial and asset management and commercial negotiation.

Allan Moore

Board Member since 2014 (Co-opted Director)

Allan has a strong financial and commercial background with experience throughout the Asia Pacific region. He recently completed his terms as Chairperson of the Australian Battery Industry Association and as Treasurer for the Victorian Tree Industry Organisation. He continues his work for the latter at an Executive Committee level.

Allan is Chairperson of the Audit, Finance and Risk Committee and a member of the Asset Management, Remuneration and Nomination Committees.

Allan operates a Contract and Project Management Consultancy. Prior to this, he was the Managing Director of Exide Technologies and held various Senior Financial Management roles within the Exide and Pacific Dunlop Groups.

Tony Nippard

Board Member since 2021 (Ministerial Nominee)

Tony is a governance professional, experienced chair, board director, committee member and executive, facilitator for the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Principal of Thoughtpost Governance.

For over 30 years, he has been a board director of not for profit and public entities operating across diverse sectors including health, secondary and tertiary education, vocational training, arts, children’s services and alpine resort management.

In addition to being a board director of BHI, he currently chairs a large national provider community based mental services (Neami) and Moreland Affordable Housing; board director of VRQA and a member of the Commission for Children and Young People’s ARC. Tony is also a board member of the Victorian TAFE Association

Amanda Brook

Board Member since 2016 (Ministerial Nominee)

Amanda is an experienced business leader with a customer driven approach to organisation challenges. She is a Director of Abbeys Auctions and Classic Moves and serves as a Non-Executive Director on the board of Leadership Victoria. Amanda was a former Board Member of the Victorian TAFE Association.

Amanda’s executive career included leadership roles with iconic brands in the retails, advertising, digital media publishing and education sectors. Her specialities include strategy, marketing and business growth, team development, mergers and organisation change.

With post-graduate qualifications in Business, Amanda is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of the Australian Marketing Institute.

Annabelle Roxon

Board Member

Annabelle is an experienced Board Director, currently serving on the Board and Audit and Risk Committee of Westernport Water and formerly served on the Board and Audit and Risk Committee of TAFE Gippsland.  

She is also a management consultant in the social sector who advises on strategy and outcomes management for a diverse range of clients including social purpose organisations and government. 

A former lawyer, she has advised in a broad array of areas including procurement, sales and marketing, disputes and litigation, and mergers and acquisitions. 

Annabelle holds a Masters of Business Administration from Melbourne Business School and a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and Bachelor of Arts from the University of Melbourne.   

Haydn Pound

Board Member

Haydn Pound is a management consultant and adjunct professor specialising in strategy and accounting.

Previously Haydn worked with The Boston Consulting Group and PwC. Today he consults to a range of Australian companies.

He holds a Bachelor of Business and an MBA (Melbourne, Chicago) in which he graduated with First Class Honours. He is a CPA and Graduate of the AICD. Presently he teaches into leading MBA/EMBA programs at the London Business School and other world-leading institutions. He won INSEAD’s Outstanding Teacher award on multiple occasions

Haydn holds a commercial pilot licence with a Command Instrument Rating.

Jane Foley

Board Member since 2018 (Ministerial Nominee)

Jane is the Chairperson of the Box Hill Institute Education Quality Committee and is a member of the Audit Finance and Risk Committee.

Her areas of expertise cover strategy, organisational design, business improvement, human resource management, change management, and corporate governance. She has worked across a diverse range of industry sectors including superannuation, professional services, government and international aid. For more than a decade, Jane consulted widely across the Victorian TAFE sector. She has held diverse board and committee governance roles in commercial and not-for-profit organisations.

Her qualifications include a Master of Arts (International Relations).

Phillip Davies

Board Member since 2013 (Co-opted Director)

Phillip has vast experience serving on boards in the legal, education, health, property, building and construction and sporting sectors. He is on the Asset Management, Remuneration and Nomination Committees of our Board.

Phillip is Chairperson of East Kew Financial Services Ltd. He is also a member of a number of disciplinary and dispute tribunals in the education, building and construction and sports sectors. Prior to his public service appointments, he was a Senior Partner at King Wood Mallesons an international law firm.

Ashley Van Krieken

Staff Elected Board Member since 2021

Ashley is a member of the Box Hill Institute Asset Management Committee and Education Quality Committee. Ashley has considerable expertise in the areas of Human Centred Design Thinking, Strategic Planning, Project Management, Policy Development and Economic Analysis in a variety of industries.  He is the current Director of Yarra Ranges Tech School a high-tech shared learning hub delivering education programs built around real-world challenges. 

Ashley holds both a Bachelor of Economics (Hons) and Bachelor of Science (Hons) and was previously Director of Monash Tech School. He has held senior leadership positions across a variety of sectors including manufacturing, mining, chemicals and education in addition to sitting on several Boards and Committees in the education sector.

Susan Pelka

Director of the Board

Susan is an experienced non-executive Board Director and Business Advisor having spent her early years as a Secondary Teacher and Equal Employment Manager.

She has executive experience in the Finance, Superannuation, Arts, Education and Compliance business of organisations and has spent 20 years as a board director on many Boards and Board Subcommittees dealing with Compliance, Investment, Strategy, Risk and Remuneration.

Susan is currently a community representative of the Victorian Judicial Committee Investigative panels.

She was until June 2018 a Director of the Australian World Orchestra and was previously the Chairman of the River Nile Learning Centre and the River Nile Independent Specialist School (providing a safe learning environment for migrant and asylum-seeking women and their children.

Susan is a fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and a member of the Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees.